A podcast is a series of digital media files, either audio or video, that are released episodically and downloaded through web syndication. With a podcast you can distribute multimedia files over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer.
How are they different from Streaming?
Podcasting combines âiPodâ with âbroadcasting.âÂ It is a method to distribute multimedia files on the internet (audio, video, text, images).Â Software called a âpodcatcherâ downloads multimedia files from a server to a client.Â iTunes is an example of a podcatcher.Â The user can subscribe to a podcast, which means that whenever their computer is connected to the network, the files will be automatically downloaded and saved as a copy on their hard disk, from where they can be modified or redistributed.
Streaming, on the other hand, is different in the sense that the file isnât downloaded straight to the userâs computer; rather it is streamed from a server to the computer.Â The file is not saved to the users computer, so they cannot modify or redistribute it.Â The user must proactively access the stream (unlike subscribing, where it is automatically downloaded).
Plan your podcast?
1.Record your podcast on recording software, like audacity. Audacity is a free audio recorder and editor. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Another software option is iPodcast Producer, but it is expensive.
2.Adjust preferences on your software before you begin recording. Make sure you have higher quality if music will be involved in your podcast. Check the volume level to make sure your voice is at a good level.
3.Save podcast as a WAV file to give you a master copy to edit. Cut out mistakes and silences. After editing, save podcast as an MP3 file. Through Audacity, you can also add an ID3-tag to the podcast with your name and the title of the podcast, so it will be labeled in listenerâs MP3 players.
4.The next step is to find a site where you can upload your podcast. One recommended free site is Ourmedia.org. However, you could upload it to a blog or website you already have if it is allowed.
5.The last step is to upload a podcast feed. This can be done through TDScripts.com.
6.After everything is finished, it is a good idea to test your RSS feed, which you can do on a site like RSSValidator, http://rss.scripting.com/. Once this is tested, you can send your link out for others to listen to your podcast.
Do all podcasts need to come through iTunes store?
Putting your podcast on iTunes is an option. Most of the information that we found said that you should post your podcast on your very own blog or website. The main idea behind the podcast is that you can get âregularsâ that will view every episode that you make. If you do want to put it onto iTunes, you want to make sure that it works on your blog or website before you put it onto iTunes. You also want to make sure that donât forget to update and announce that you have a new podcast coming out.
Can I use other software to play them?
Yes, you can use other software to play podcasts. For example, Audacity is a free open source software for recording and editing sounds. Also, Easy Podcast is a cross platform GUI too for easy podcast publication.
There are many Podcast Software that let you subscribe and manage podcasts.
Windows Podcast Software:
Macintosh Podcast Software: